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The Conundrum Concerts

The Conundrum ConcertsBy Kim Barlow This winter, Music In Communities Co-op is hosting a series of informal shows at Conundrum Press, exploring improvisation in different genres. Conundrum is the graphic novel publishing house run by Andy Brown on Front Street in Wolfville. On Sunday December 8, Conundrum Press will launch its latest graphic novel. Mohammad Sahraei and I (Kim Barlow) will play songs and improvise on banjo, guitar, and traditional Persian instruments including setar, dotar, kamanche, and tombek. This is a new collaboration. We’re excited to share the ways that folk and improvised music bridges cultures, history, and geography as…
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Holiday Concert and Event Listings

Holiday Concert and Event Listings There’s no better way to celebrate the season than by experiencing the incredible events the Valley has to offer. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, creatures were stirring, including a mouse! Kick off your family’s yuletide season with Ken Ludwig’s comic take on the classic poem. Saturdays November 23 and 30 and December 7, at 11am and 2pmDoors Open at 10:30amUpper Performance CentreTickets are $5/under 12: $7/ adult, cash or cheque. Call 902-678-8040 for reservations. CentreStage Theatre61 River StreetKentville, Nova Scotiacentrestage@centrestagetheatre.ca(902) 678-8040 Old Holy Trinity Church…
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Dinner Out: Founder’s House Brunch

Dinner Out: Founder’s House BrunchBy Scott Campbell For those of you who haven’t made you way to Annapolis Royal to try the Founder’s House restaurant – located on the beautiful grounds of the Fort View Golf Course – you really should go. Recently, four of us drove to Annapolis Royal and had brunch at The Founder’s House. We began our brunch with a round of cocktails. If you are a fan of the Caesar then you really need to try one of these. Founder’s House make their own Caesar mix in-house to create this unique and delicious cocktail. If you…
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Who’s Who: Darin Roche

Who’s Who: Darin RocheBy Mike Butler We all know someone with red hair! At least, we should! I’ve been fortunate to not only sprinkle my friendship circle with gingers but I also am the proud husband of a pretty stunning redhead, if you’ve ever seen him. With the holidays coming up, I have found the perfect gifts for my redheaded hubby through a clothing company called Ginger Authentic Clothing! And in finding this company, I found its founder, Darin Roche. Take a read. Darin was born and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At the age of 16 he found himself…
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ArtCan Art Store Offers Expanded Selection in Time for the Holidays

ArtCan Art StoreBy Michaela Hayes Need a gift for the artist in your life? The Art Store at ArtCan has recently expanded its selections of supplies. Purchase a gift certificate for art materials or to take an art class with Ron Hayes. The Art Store now carries a varied selection of premium art supplies as well as many standard economical materials. We decided to rebuild the art store, expand the options and bring back the lines of products that artists were wanting. We are the only store in Nova Scotia to offer R&F handmade oil paint sticks. For watercolour paints…
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Mike’s Guide to Gifting: A Few Of My Favourite Things!

Mike’s Guide to Gifting: A Few Of My Favourite Things!By Mike Butler As I am writing this article (twinkly-eyed and giddy), it’s exactly one month until Christmas Day. Out of common sense and respect, I start my holiday cheer after November 11, and music and decorating after December 1, but I never shy away from thinking about the gifts and treats I’m going to pick up for my friends and family. If you know me, then you know Christmas is my favourite time of year! With so much at our disposal here in the Valley, I’ve compiled a little list…
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Sustainability over the Holidays

Sustainability over the HolidaysBy Connor CB-Lamontagne It’s that time of year again, the snow is beginning to fall (and melt again), university students are busy with final papers and projects, homeowners are getting ready for winter, and everyone is beginning to think about the holiday season (except for retailers, they started shortly before Hallowe’en). With the holidays comes travel and food and holiday cheer, and stuff. Lots and lots of stuff. There are lots of things to think about at this time of year: what food to serve, what clothing to wear, what gifts to buy, and where to spend…
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Beer Market Open at Wolfville’s Church Brewing

Beer Market Open at Wolfville’s Church BrewingBy Phil Church Let there be beer! The Beer Market is now open daily 11am-11pm (except 9pm on Sunday) at The Church Brewing Company located at 329 Main Street in Wolfville. Inside the arched doorway you’ll be greeted by friendly and knowledgeable staff, an array of branded merchandise proudly emblazoned with The Church logo as well as its home (Wolfville, Nova Scotia) and you guessed it, beer brewed right on site. Featured are many items made locally at Stanfield’s in Truro, Nova Scotia, including hoodies and T-shirts in a variety of colours and sizes…
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Cadance Academy’s 14th Nutcracker Sure to Warm Hearts

Cadance Academy’s 14th Nutcracker Sure to Warm HeartsSubmitted It’s hard to believe that this year marks the 14th year that Cadance Academy has brought its annual production of The Nutcracker to the Festival Theatre, and because of all of that experience putting on the show, you can be sure that it will be a performance that will fill you with holiday joy. Cadance Academy Director Gaea Jess is proud of how the show has evolved over the years. “It’s really amazing to be a part of this. Each year, there’s something new to see, whether it be new characters that…
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Christmas Artisan Market at the Kentville Library

Christmas Artisan Market at the Kentville Library Dating back centuries, the month-long Christmas Markets from London to Budapest are legendary. This year the Kentville library travels to old world Europe for a one-day festive Christmas Artisan Market. Set in a historic building, the library will present artisans from the surrounding community. A local musician will set the atmosphere with live cello music. Shop your gift list from a host of local artists who make beautiful one-of-a-kind artwork, photography, jewelry, fibre art, culinary delights, pottery, and more. Some of the goodies on offer include Irish cheesecakes, eggnog cookies, tarte Tatin, and…
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